Summertime Superintendent Switch
Last February, the Payette School Board offered me the auspicious job of filling the superintendent position upon the retirement of Pauline King. I consider it a great honor to follow such a respected professional colleague. July 1st marked the complete transition between Mrs. King and myself. She handed off her keys (and her cell number if needed), throwing down the gauntlet to lead for “Success through Education”. I humbly accept the challenge with great anticipation and excitement for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.
In preparation, my husband and I have purchased a home in Payette. We closed mid-June and spent the remainder of the month changing locks, setting up new accounts and meeting new neighbors. It is a genuine pleasure to become part of this lovely community. It has been a long time since we last purchased a home. Thank you to Mayor Jeff Williams for his help with that project. Payette is now my primary residence, yet we maintain ownership of our 16-acre private ski lake in Caldwell – our home for the past 30 years. My husband and I dug the ski lake in the 80’s to fulfill a dream, train for competitive waterskiing and to raise our two children. Both children are grown and I am the proud grandmother of one 2-year old girl. The family still enjoys picnicking and skiing together on these long hot summer weekends.
My first official week in the Payette School District Office was used to meet with key personnel. Barbara, Kristi and Tammi in the District Office are amazing. Each have expertise and information that has been valuable to my transition. Between the three of them, they have an answer to every question. Alvin Hall spent several hours showing me the full District facilities and explaining the needs and benefits of each location. He has a hard-working team of people dealing with the summer heat while preparing our schools for the return of teachers and students next month. School Board members and I communicate regularly. They have welcomed me and connected openly about the desired direction for the District. We have scheduled an extra work session during July, giving the Board and myself time for detailed directional conversations. I appreciate this Board for the gift of time they voluntarily give to our District. You have elected five caring and dedicated individuals, who listen and express the voice of those they serve.
Only three weeks remain before administrators return, and there is much work to do in preparation. I am in the office most days and would love the opportunity to meet those for whom I serve. Please feel free to call and make an appointment. Thank you for welcoming me into your community and helping me to feel at home here.